As the the people behind CW superhero shows The Flash and Arrow work to create brand new seasons, many fans are anxiously awaiting the debut of the upcoming spinoff DC show, Legends of Tomorrow. The first trailer revealed the Emerald Archer and the Scarlet Speeder will have cameos, but this new series is going to give several lesser-known DC characters in the spotlight. That includes the immortal (and brilliant) Vandal Savage as the big bad, versus a team that includes Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), White Canary (Caity Lotz), and Hawkgirl (Ciara Renée), among others.
Legends of Tomorrow won’t begin to air until 2016, but its preview has fans speculating. Whether it’s wondering about the show’s tone or how the series will juggle so many characters, viewers of the CW’s DC shows certainly have a lot to think about. Luckily for them, the cast and crew have been doing plenty to promote the series, including providing information about White Canary and Hawkgirl in particular.
Speaking with CTV, Lotz and Renée shared a few more facts about their roles. Renée’s character, Hawkgirl, made a brief cameo in the Season 1 finale of The Flash, and she explained Legends of Tomorrow will basically serve as an origin story for her character, Kendra Saunders:
“She’s just kind of figuring out that she has this power – this kind of overwhelming anger that turns her into a warrior. She doesn’t quite understand it. She’s kind of realizing that she’s has past lives, which is also a weird kind of thing to realize as well. So, I don’t think necessarily she’s a superhero yet, but she definitely has something interesting going on.”
As for Black Canary returning as White Canary, the trailer reveals that she will indeed be resurrected by the Lazarus Pit. Lotz promises they’re taking her character, Sara Lance, in a new direction and it won’t just be more of the same with her skilled heroine:
“I’m excited to see what happens ’cause we want to make it different. There’s going to be changes. This is still Sara Lance, but there has to be repercussions of everything she’s been through, so I’m hoping that we get to really play with that stuff.”
When Thea Queen was dipped into the Lazarus Pit in the latest season of Arrow, she briefly lashed out and had a temporary loss of her memories. However, her resurrection came just a short amount of time after being stabbed by Ra’s al Ghul. Sara Lance has been dead since the first episode of Arrow’s third season and, without giving any blatant spoilers, Lotz explained that’ll impact Sara’s actions in a noticeable way:
“It’s going to have a toll. Just like Thea went into the Lazarus Pit and you saw how that affected her, and Sara’s dead for a long time. So I feel like there’s going to be a big shift.”
In the comics, White Canary was actually one of Black Canary’s villains and she didn’t have a lot of appearances. An extraordinarily gifted and deadly hand-to-hand combatant, White Canary set her sights on Black Canary after the hero defeated her brothers – individuals who are also exceptionally skilled in martial arts. In Arrow, Sara Lance becoming White Canary could symbolize her resurrection – a brand new start – but given the negative and drastic side effects the Lazarus Pit can have on a person’s mind, this may also hint at her occasionally lashing out in more villainous ways.
Considering Ra’s al Ghul is now out of the way, it’s possible Nyssa al Ghul – Sara’s former lover – could be the one to bring Black Canary’s body to the Lazarus Pit. That, or Rip Hunter – a man from the future – will be the one to bring up the idea of resurrecting her.
Legends of Tomorrow will air on the CW in 2016. The Flash and Arrow will return later this year.